Three times a year, the superb young musician studying at Chetham’s spend a week preparing music for larger ensembles. In these unique periods of music making, almost every student has an opportunity to play alongside peers, guest artists and staff, as the culmination of a term of musical learning.
For Spring Music in 2018, Chetham’s are delighted to welcome the dynamic saxophonist, Iain Ballamy, as director and soloist for their ever-popular Big Bands. Iain also leads a masterclass – free to students, under 18s, and anyone with a concert ticket – on the afternoon of Wednesday 14 February. Younger ensembles are exploring music written for ballet during 2018, following their sold-out performance of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcrackerbefore Christmas. Singers, under the leadership of mezzo soprano Margaret McDonald, transform the historic Baronial Hall into a Viennese parlour for an evening of semi-staged scenes from Mozart’s operas, whilst the flagship Symphony Orchestra perform Sibelius’ Symphony No. 7 with Ravel’s inimitable Boléro and two concertos for oboe and trombone.
If you’d like to delve a little deeper, Inside the Orchestra on Sunday 11 February invites you to take a seat onstage alongside the Symphony Orchestra to discover the context and challenges of the works they’ll be performing. And if you can’t wait for the BBC Young Musician competition later this year, drop in free of charge for all or part of the day on Sunday 4, when Chetham’s senior students play for a panel of judges in a bid to win a solo spot in next year’s orchestral concerts.